Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 2/8/17

 

The Nuggets’ Rebuild (from Adam Spinella, BBall Breakdown):
Jokic: The Next Unicorn?  (from Lee Jenkins, Sports Illustrated):
The Nuggets’ Improved 3-Point Shooting (from Christian Clark, Denverite.com):
–  Youngsters On The Verge (from Josh Martin, Bleacher report):
Reliving The Game Of The Year (from Andrew Sharp, Sports Illustrated):
KLove Proved How Much The Cavs Need Him  (from Zack Geoghegan, Hoops Habit):
KLove Has Been Throwing Pin-Point Outlet Passes Since High School  (from Kristian Winfield, SBNation):
Isaiah Thomas: The Celtics’ “Little Ticket” (from Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated):
From Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee: Celtics’ Isaiah Thomas gets the last laugh
–  The Secret To Kyle Lowry’s Success Around The Rim  (from Scott Rafferty, The Step Back):
Yogi Ferrell Is Here To Stay  (from Bobby Karalla, mavs.com):
–  The Mavs Are Back  (from Eric Spryropolous, 16 Wins A Ring):
–  How Tom Crean Left His Mark On Yogi Ferrell And Wes Matthews (from Saad Yousuf, mavs.com):
Breakout: Joel Embiid  (from Tom West, 16 Wins A ring):
DWade Stays Humble In Supporting Role (from Sam Smith, bulls.com):
5 Injured Players Who Could Play Key Roles Down The Stretch  (from Shaun Powell, NBA.com):
How Westbrook Changed His Running Form To Become More Explosive And Injury Resistant   (from odd_remarks, Reddit.com):
Appreciating Westbrook  (from Matthew Hallett, Thunderous Intentions):
–  Sorting Out The West’s 8th Seed (from Michael Pina, VICE Sports):
How “Spots” On The Floor Have Determined Every Recent NBA Champion (from Rob Perez, Fox Sports):
Jaylen Brown’s Improved Defense (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne):
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Tarik Black Has Earned Luke Walton’s Trust (from Bill Oram, OCRegister):

From Tania Ganguli, LATimes: http://www.latimes.com/sports/lakers/la-sp-lakers-black-20170207-story.html

The Wizards’ Alternate Reality  (from Tom Haberstroh, ESPN):
Frank Kaminsky: Making Strides (from Ananth Pandian, CBS Sports):
Brad Stevens On Horford: “He Just Impacts Winning” (from A. Sherrod Blakely, csnne):
 Thon Maker: Bucks’ Secret Unicorn  (from Howard Beck, Bleacher Report):

From Fox Sports: http://www.foxsports.com.au/basketball/nba/thon-makers-hard-work-and-production-has-forced-bucks-coach-jason-kidd-to-play-him-more/news-story/c3b9f9b8c1cc08f29d1d4fe038d4b93e

Tuesday Roundup (from Dan Favale, Bleacher Report):
Best Young Cores: Western Conference (from Kelly Scaletta, Fanrag Sports):
Willie Cauley-Stein Is Stepping Up (from Brandon Kleen, The Step Back):
John Starks: The 5 Toughest Guys I Defended  (from The Players Tribune):
SVG’s Careful Approach To Emptying The Bench  (from Rod Beard, Detroit News):
The Celtics’ Overseas Assets  (from Joshua Bateman, Hardwood Houdini):
How Overseas Players View The D-League  (from Cole Shelton, Ridiculous Upside):

D-League: Jordan Crawford Q & A (from Raul Barrigon, Hoops Hype):

Read it here:  http://hoopshype.com/2017/02/07/jordan-crawford-kevin-garnett-stephen-curry-and-klay-thompson-had-the-greatest-impact-on-me/

D-League: Denzel Valentine  (from Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here: http://www.detroitnews.com/story/sports/nba/2017/02/07/analysis-denzel-valentine-deserves-shot-bulls/97613450/

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/8/16

–  Thunder Limitations Will Be Tested Without Durant  (from Rob Mahoney, Sports Illustrated):

Read it here:  http://www.si.com/nba/2016/10/06/thunder-warriors-russell-westbrook-kevin-durant-serge-ibaka

Jabari Parker In Playmaker Land  (from Adam Paris, brewhoop.com):

Read it here: http://www.brewhoop.com/2016/10/6/13114248/jabari-parker-in-playmaking-land

–  Markieff Morris: “Good Skills Along With Edge And Toughness” (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/10/06/markieff-morris-wants-to-burnish-his-hard-reputation-with-a-soft-touch-on-three-pointers/

–  What Brett Brown Expects From Joel Embiid  (from Jessica Camerato,  csnphilly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnphilly.com/philadelphia-76ers/brown-embiid-be-sixers-offensive-focal-point-has-it-tim-duncan and from Derek Bodner, phillymag.com:  http://www.phillymag.com/news/2016/10/08/joel-embiid-is-the-focal-point-of-the-76ers-future/

–  Spencer Dinwiddie Emerging As Dependable Option Behind Rondo  (from Vincent Goodwill,  csnchicago.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnchicago.com/chicago-bulls/spencer-dinwiddie-emerging-dependable-option-behind-rondo

–  Video: How The Celtics Attack In The Halfcourt  (from Coach Nick, BBall Breakdown):

Watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=AajbUQhyfXc

Analyzing The Celtics’ Early Offense  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/07/one-team-one-stat-boston-celtics-early-shot-clock

–  Avery Bradley Wants To Be Seen As A Two-Way Player  (from Chris Forsberg, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://insider.espn.com/blog/boston/celtics/post/_/id/4724153/avery-bradley-i-want-people-to-see-me-as-a-two-way-player

–  Richaun Holmes Belongs In Talk About Sixers’ Big Men  (from Bob Cooney, philly.com):

Read it here:  http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/20161009_Cooney__Richaun_Holmes_belongs_in_talk_about_Sixers__big_men.html

–  Larry Nance, Jr  (from Shahan Ahmed, NBC Los Angeles):

Read it here   http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/sports/Larry-Nance-Jr-talks-Crohns-Randle-Lakers-396346551.html  and from Harrison Faigen, silverscreenandroll.com:  http://www.silverscreenandroll.com/2016/10/7/13206500/la-lakers-larry-nance-jr-starting-julius-randle-stats-analysis

–  The Suns And Earl Watson Are Investing Heavily In Tyler Ulis  (from Tyler Emerick,  suns.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/suns/blog/suns-earl-watson-investing-heavily-tyler-ulis-nba-future

–  Analyzing the Impact Of Gordon Hayward’s Injury  (from Ryan McDonald, Deseret News):

Read it here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865664310/Utah-Jazz-Analyzing-the-impact-of-the-injury-to-Gordon-Hayward.html?pg=all

–  Coach Joerger And DeMarcus Cousins  (from Sean Deveney, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/demarcus-cousins-dave-joerger-kings-offense-breakdown-trade/14ker8r7sx0tf1ovzqs1ztgtqr

–  Can Michael Kidd-Gilchrist’s Return Push The Hornets To The Next Level? (from Jordan Greer, Sporting News):

Read it here:  http://www.sportingnews.com/nba/news/michael-kidd-gilchrist-hornets-injury-comeback-outlook/ywjouf23550z1x16wxmp6pwjt

–  The Rockets’ 2015-16 Defensive Regression  (from John Schuhmann, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/article/2016/10/07/one-team-one-stat-houston-rockets-3-point-defense

Yogi Ferrell: Energizer Bunny  (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

–  Noah Vonleh’s Pent-Up Aggression  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

–  KG Was The NBA’s Future  (from Neil Paine, fivethirtyeight.com):

Read it here:  http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/kevin-garnett-was-the-nbas-future/

“NBA Open Court Coaches’ Edition” Is Peak Programming  (from Tim McDonough, Hoops Critic):

Read it here:  http://hoopscritic.com/nba-open-court-coaches-edition-is-peak-sports-programming/

  The Spurs Evolve Again  (from Tim McDonough, Hoops Critic):

Read it here:  http://hoopscritic.com/uncommonly-consistent-the-spurs-evolve-again/

–  Rockets Making Defense A Priority (from Calvin Watkins,  ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/2870/dantoni-known-for-offense-but-rockets-making-d-a-priority

–  Expectations For Harrison Barnes (from Cole Mentzel, Hoops Habit):

Read and view it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/08/dallas-mavericks-expectations-for-harrison-barnes-in-2016-17/

–  Justise Winslow’s Increased Role And Opportunity  (from Cole Zwicker, Upside And Motor):

Read and view it here:  http://upsidemotor.com/2016/10/08/justise-winslow-miami-heat-nba/

Kay Felder  (from Terry Pluto, cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/10/cleveland_cavaliers_have_terry_69.html

–  Lance Stephenson’s Versatility (from Rick Stone, Pelican Debrief):

Read it here:  http://pelicandebrief.com/2016/10/08/lance-stephenson-flexibility-earn-spot-new-orleans-pelicans/

Nuggets’ Season Preview  (from Adam Mares, Denver Stiffs):

–  Pistons’ Season Preview  (from Sean Corp, Detroit Bad Boys):

Read it here:  http://www.detroitbadboys.com/2016/10/6/13192118/detroit-pistons-2016-17-season-preview

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Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/2/16

–  Golden State’s Other Fresh Faces  (from Kevin O’Connor, The Ringer):

Read it here: https://theringer.com/golden-states-other-fresh-faces-7b8cb38fe922#.p611a931m

Nuggets On The Rise  (from Coach Nick/Dave DuFour, Bball Breakdown):

Watch and listen to it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=YQA3LTh6Vd8

–  Nuggets Banking On Young Stars, Healthy Vets  (from Adam Fromal, Bleacher Report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2666184-denver-nuggets-banking-on-young-stars-healthy-vets-to-be-2016-17s-nba-sleeper

–  Clint Capela Determined To Become Elite  (from Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle):

Read it here:  http://www.houstonchronicle.com/sports/rockets/article/Clint-Capela-determined-to-become-an-elite-center-9515039.php?cmpid=twitter-premium&t=c418d92fc6438d9cbb

Otto Porter/Kelly Oubre, Jr  (from Candace Buckner, Washington Post):

Read it here:  https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wizards-insider/wp/2016/10/01/his-half-court-shots-falling-otto-porter-jr-turns-to-bigger-prize-in-wizards-camp/

Avery Bradley’s DPOY Goal  (from Matt Moore, CBS Sports):

Read and view  it here:  http://www.cbssports.com/nba/news/avery-bradleys-goal-of-winning-dpoy-isnt-unrealistic-but-its-unlikely/

 Analyzing The Pistons’ Roster  (from Cary Gahm,  Piston Powered):

Read it here:  http://pistonpowered.com/2016/10/02/analyzing-detroit-pistons-roster/

 Pelicans’ Season Preview  (from Zach Buckley, Bleacher report):

Read it here:  http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2665082-new-orleans-pelicans-complete-2016-17-preview

Grizz Coach Fizz Giving Troy Daniels The Green Light  (from Ronald Tillery, Commercial Appeal):

Read it here:  http://www.commercialappeal.com/sports/grizzlies/griz-coach-fizz-giving-daniels-the-green-light–3dd6a900-481f-5267-e053-0100007fea0c-395529181.html

 Is A Change In Scenery All That Harrison Barnes Needed?  (from Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer):

Read it here:  https://theringer.com/harrison-barnes-dallas-mavericks-second-chance-5ee9f7c46440#.sqx7c6nhe

–  Kevin Garnett Takes On A New Role: The Big Mentor  (from Jesse Blancarte, Basketball insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/nba-saturday-kevin-garnett-takes-on-a-new-role/

–  Peja Stojakovic Is Mentoring Willie Cauley-Stein  (from James Ham, csnbayara.com):

Read it here:  http://www.csnbayarea.com/kings/stojakovic-embracing-role-mentor-kings-cauley-stein

–  Film Study: Fixing Marcus Smart’s Jump Shot  (from Jared Weiss, celticsblog.com):

Rean and view it here:  http://www.celticsblog.com/2016/10/2/13135364/marcus-smart-boston-celtics-jump-shot-three-pointer-fixed-broken

–  Ersan Ilyasova: The Art Of Drawing A Charge  (from Brett Dawson, newsok.com):

Read it here:  http://newsok.com/okc-thunder-ilyasova-could-be-take-charge-defender-for-thunder/article/5520641

–  Ty Lawson Eager To Put Poor Season, Legal Troubles Behind Him  (from Ailene Voisin, Sacramento Bee):

Read it here:  http://www.sacbee.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/ailene-voisin/article105485791.html

–  Cavs’ Training Camp:  A Great Start  (from Terry Pluto,  cleveland.com):

Read it here:  http://www.cleveland.com/pluto/index.ssf/2016/10/cleveland_cavaliers_have_terry_68.html

–  Ben Simmons Is Expected To Miss 3 Months  (from Marc Stein, SPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17686206/philadelphia-76ers-rookie-ben-simmons-surgery-foot-next-week

 The Mavs’ Versatile Young Playmakers (from Cole Mentzel,  Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/01/dallas-mavericks-athleticism-will-play-success-elite-teams/

–  The Struggles Of Getting To And Sticking In The NBA  (from Christopher Dempsey, Denver Post):

Read it here:  http://www.denverpost.com/2016/10/01/nba-road-well-traveled/

–  Nets Putting In Long Days Under New Regime  (from Greg Logan, Newsday):

Reaed it here:  http://www.newsday.com/sports/basketball/nets/brooklyn-nets-putting-in-long-days-under-new-regime-1.12393757    and from Cory Wright, nets.com:  http://www.nba.com/nets/news/2016/09/30/better-bodied-nets

–  Brandon Ingram/Julius Randle  (from Mark Medina, LA Daily News):

Read it here:  http://www.ocregister.com/articles/ingram-730818-randle-walton.html

 

Today’s Best NBA Reporting And Analysis 10/1/16

–  Ben Simmons’ Injury  (from Keith Pompey, Philly.com):

Read it here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/sixers/76ers-rookie-Ben-Simmons-could-miss-8-weeks-with-broken-foot.html   and from Kyle Neubeck, Liberty Ballers:  http://www.libertyballers.com/2016/10/1/13129270/ben-simmons-broken-foot-sixers-surgery-joel-embiid-the-process-bryan-colangelo

  • Taj Gibson Is The Last Bull Standing From 2010-11 EC Finalists  (from KC Johnson, Chicago Tribune):

Read it here:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/basketball/bulls/ct-taj-gibson-bulls-training-camp-spt-1001-20160930-story.html

–  Celtics Need To Juice Their 3-Point Attack  (from Ian Levy, Nylon Calculus):

Read it here:  http://nyloncalculus.com/2016/09/30/boston-celtics-juice-three-point-attack/

–  Jeremy Lin’s Yearlong Jumper Overhaul Is Nearly Complete (from Brian Lewis, NY Post):

Read it here:  http://nypost.com/2016/10/01/jeremy-lins-yearlong-jumper-overhaul-is-nearly-complete/

–  How The Westbrook Solo Act Will Work  (from Zach Lowe, ESPN):

Read it here:  http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/17675910/how-russell-westbrook-solo-act-play-oklahoma-city-kevin-durant

–  Blazers Working Out Ways To Use NBA’s New Real-Time Video Rule  (from Joe Freeman, Oregon Live):

Read it here:  http://www.oregonlive.com/blazers/index.ssf/2016/09/trail_blazers_ironing_out_ways_to_use_nbas_new_rea.html

–  Justin Anderson Q & A  (from Oliver Maroney, Basketball Insiders):

Read it here:  http://www.basketballinsiders.com/justin-anderson-on-offseason-improvements-life-as-a-maverick/

–  Alex Len’s Maturation  (from Paul Coro, azcentral.com):

Read it here:  http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/nba/suns/2016/09/30/alex-len-maturing-out-instable-phoenix-suns-years/91354314/

–  Stackhouse’s Love For The Game Is Vital To His Transition To D-League Coach  (from Jon Fawkes, dleague.nba.com):

Read it here:  http://dleague.nba.com/news/jerry-stackhouse-transition-nba-star-head-coach-raptors-905/

–  The Metamorphosis Of Kevin Durant  (from Sai Mohan, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/09/30/the-metamorphosis-of-kevin-durant/

–  The Young Wolves Reflect On KG’s Impact  (from Jared Zwerling, NBPA):

Read it here:  http://nbpa.com/what-kg-meant-to-me-the-young-wolves-reflect-on-kevin-garnetts-lasting-impact/

–  Defensive Upgrade Is Key To Pelicans’ Success (from Quentin Haynes, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/09/30/new-orleans-pelicans-defensive-upgrade-key-regular-season-success/

–  Top Ten Candidates For Exec Of The Year  (from Gerald Bourguet, Hoops Habit):

Read it here:  http://hoopshabit.com/2016/10/01/nba-top-10-candidates-executive-year-award-2016-17/

–  Davis Bertans Is Hoping His Perseverance Pays Off (from Ian Thomsen, NBA.com):

Read it here:  http://www.nba.com/2016/news/features/ian_thomsen/09/29/san-antonio-spurs-david-bertrans-rookie-feature/index.html

–  Jeff Green’s Heart Surgery Made Him Stronger  (from Brian Schmitz, Orlando Sentinel):

Read it here:  http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando-magic/os-magic-jeff-green-brian-schmitz-1001-20160930-column.html

–  Lance Thomas/Marshall Plumlee Looking  To Help Knicks’ Revamped Front Line (from Adam Zagoria, sny.tv):

Read it here:  https://www.sny.tv/college-recruiting/news/duke-guys-thomas-plumlee-looking-to-help-knicks-revamped-front-line/204228180

–  The Training Camp Contract  (from Bobby Marks, Yahoo Sports):

Read it here:  http://sports.yahoo.com/news/front-office-insider-the-training-camp-contract-161058008.html

 Trying Out For Nets’ D-League Team Beats Playing In Mongolia  (from Scott Cacciola, NY Times):

Read it here:  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/01/sports/basketball/why-try-out-for-nets-new-d-league-team-it-beats-playing-in-mongolia.html

Best NBA Reporting And Analysis For The Week Of 9/19-9/25

1) Tom Thibodeau Q&A

Summary: Tom Thibodeau took a year off and is glad to be back (from Kent Youngblood). http://strib.mn/2cUe4bE

2) Keith Closs Shares His Failures So That Others Can Avoid Them

Summary: Keith Closs’ Career lasted just 130 games over three seasons (from Gary Washburn). http://bit.ly/2cwLZ7e

3) Mike Budenholzer Q&A

Summary: The Hawks will open their fourth season under Coach Budenholzer soon with significant changes (from Chris Vivlamore). http://bit.ly/2dmDaPd

4) Steph Curry Is The Strongest He’s Been

Summary: Interview with his trainer (from Sam Amick). http://usat.ly/2dmDOfB

5) Frank Vogel Q&A

Summary: Highly successful as head coach of the Indiana Pacers for 5 ½ seasons, Vogel surprisingly found himself out of work on May 5. He wasn’t unemployed long as the Magic worked feverishly to hire one of the NBA’s most respected head coaches.

Vogel, 43, had a host of choices, and he opted to become Orlando’s head coach on May 20. Landing Vogel allowed the franchise to score big in the offseason with a head coach who is highly regarded for his teaching abilities, game management and good-natured approach. (from John Denton) http://on.nba.com/2cFXjB8

6) Kevin Garnett’s Revolutionary Career

Summary: Nobody changed the NBA over the last 20 years like KG (from Zach Harper). http://cbsprt.co/2d42cVw

7) All-Star Paul Millsap Continues To Go Quietly About His Work

Summary: Millsap takes on leadership mantle as Hawks transition to next era. (from Ian Thomsen) http://on.nba.com/2desswG

8) Scheduled To Sit: When Resting Is Serious Business

Summary: DNP-Rest is on the rise (from Tom Haberstroh) http://es.pn/2d6ze8T

9) How Many Answers Do The Blazers Have?

Summary: Portland GM Neil Olshey claims the Trail Blazers “have a lot of answers.” What does he mean by that and is it true? (from Willy Raedy) http://bit.ly/2dlIDJP

10) What Happened To Robert Swift?

Summary: Out From The Darkness: Robert Swift’s road from NBA lottery pick to drug addict to…(from Chris Ballard) http://on.si.com/2cKxl2o

11) Film Room: Inside Aaron Gordon’s Defense

Summary: On-Ball, Off-Ball, Transition, Rebounding, Rim Protection, Post-Up (from Josh Cohen) http://on.nba.com/2d0WYMB

12) Brad Stevens Interview

Summary: Coaching in the NBA vs. college, Brandan Wright’s time with the Celtics, Marcus Smart’s career arc, success against the Warriors, efforts to recruit Kevin Durant and Al Horford in free agency, potential NBA rule changes, picking the brains of Popovich and Belichick, and the 3-point shot’s impact on positionless basketball. (from Bill Simmons). http://bit.ly/2cXzQeD